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Star Wars: The Old Republic free-to-play option dated for November 15th; free players will earn experience more slowly


Jumping Jabbas, that’s next Thursday! That’s me and you, this time next week, riding speeders across the desert empty-pursed and none the worse for it. Well. A little bit the worse for it.

Free players will gain experience more slowly than subscribers, BioWare have revealed in a new developer blog. However, it will still be possible to reach the cap at level 50 “without paying a cent”, and all story content will available for free as previously stated.

Much of the post is dedicated to reassuring current subscribers. “Those of you who are still paying a monthly fee should still get the same gameplay experience and you won’t find anything taken away from you and the gameplay that you currently enjoy,” says lead designer Damien Schubert. “Furthermore, we really wanted to be sure that in no way would subscribers feel they needed to make purchases from the Cartel Market in order to be competitive in the game.”

BioWare will also be granting Cartel Coins – the currency used in the game’s new free-to-play store – to subscribers. The exact amount will depend on how many months you’ve subscribed for, with special grants available for those who bought the Collector’s Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition.

Are you a subscriber? To find out how much you might be entitled to, click here. If not, is the thought ofChinese-water-torture-slow trickle of experience enough to put you off free-to-play TOR?

Thanks, RPS.